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Self-regulating chemo-mechano-chemical systems

United States Patent

9,651,548
May 16, 2017
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A chemo-mechano-chemical (C.sub.1-M-C.sub.2) system includes a base supporting an actuatable structure, said structure comprising a functionalized portion and being embedded in an environmentally responsive gel capable of volume change in response to an environmental stimulus; a first fluid layer disposed over the base and in contact with the actuatable structure, said first fluid layer comprising the environmentally responsive gel; and a second fluid layer in contact with the actuatable structure, wherein the layers are positioned such that the functionalized portion is in contact with the second layer in a first relaxed state and in contact with the first layer in a second actuated state and wherein the functionalized portion interacts with at least one of the layers to provide a chemical or physical response.
Aizenberg; Joanna (Boston, MA), He; Ximin (Cambridge, MA), Aizenberg; Michael (Boston, MA)
President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
14/ 268,561
20140349870
May 2, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The present invention was made with United States government support under Award No.: DE-SC0005247 awarded by the Department of Energy and NSF Award #1124839 awarded by the National Science Foundation. The United States government has certain rights in this invention.